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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


Plenaries & Keynote Speeches

The 2019 ALTER-Net & EKLIPSE Conference will feature a number of keynote speeches, including the following:

Introductory Plenary (Day 1):

→ Location: Room Augustinus

Opening speeches:

  • Maurice Hoffmann (Chair, ALTER-Net Council)
  • Juliette Young (EKLIPSE)

Introductory plenary session: On-going political initiatives concerning biodiversity and ecosystem services

Facilitated by Janine van Vessem, Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Belgium

  • EU: Planning the post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy and targets (Stefan Leiner, DG Environment, European Commission)
  • Biodiversity Research in Horizon Europe (Josefina Enfedaque, DG Research, European Commission)
  • Biodiversity in the EU: 2020 and beyond (Carlos Romao, European Environment Agency - EEA)
  • “Investing in biodiversity for people and planet”. Beyond the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the Aichi targets - towards a post-2020 global biodiversity framework  (Ines Verleye, Federal Public Service for the Environment, Belgium; National Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity -)
  • IPBES European and Central Asia Assessment)  (Mike Christie, Aberystwyth University, UK; co-author ECA Assessment)
  • The IPBES Global Assessment: transformative change for biodiversity conservation) (Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Radboud University, The Netherlands; co-author Global Assessment)
  • Contribution to the post-2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy: the viewpoint from research programmers and funders  (BiodivERsA) (Hilde Eggermont, Belgian Biodiversity Platform)
  • Looking for evidence-based policy proposals – focusing on wetlands (Tobias Salathé, Ramsar Bureau)
  • The Convention on Migratory Species, its Family of Agreements and the EU Biodiversity Strategy (Amy Fraenkel, UNEP/CMS)
  • What for biodiversity after 2020? Some views from IUCN (Alberto Arroyo Schnell, IUCN European Regional Office)
  • WWF: Secure a science-based New Deal for Nature and People (Sofie Luyten, WWF Belgium)
  • The marine perspective on the European Biodiversity Strategy (Sheila Heymans, European Marine Board, EMB)

Plenary Session (Day 2):

→ Location: Room Augustinus

Contribution to the future European Biodiversity Strategy

Facilitated by Ana Isabel Lillebo, Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM), Portugal

  • Key Messages from the scientific community to the European Commission for the post 2020 EU Biodiversity Strategy: Presentation of the ALTER-Net/EKLIPSE science force around ’Key Messages’ (Frédéric Gosselin, IRSTEA, France)
  • Introduction to the societal ‘Key Messages’ (Mari Carmen Garcia Mateo, MCG Research & Innovation Sustainability Architecture/Urban Planning, Spain)


Theme Group Keynote Speeches (Day 2 & 3):

→ Location: Room Augustinus

Plenary Keynote: Introduction to Theme 1

  • Imagining positive futures for nature in a co-creative process – the new IPBES scenario’s on nature. (Machteld Schoolenberg – Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, PBL)

Plenary Keynote: Introduction to Theme 2

  • Probable changes in nature: climate and phenology (Stephen Thackeray, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CEH, UK)

Plenary Keynote: Introduction to Theme 3

  • Keynote 1: Recognizing the individual animal in biodiversity governance and sustainable development (Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  • Keynote 2: Re-diversifying agri-food system in Europe legumes as agents of change (Pietro Iannetta, James Hutton Institute (JHI), UK)

Plenary Keynote: Introduction to Theme 4

  • Democratizing biodiversity expertise: diversity and pluralism at the science – policy – society interface (Esther Turnhout, Forest & Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)


Final Plenary - Key Messages (Day 3):

Facilitated by Juliette Young, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, CEH, UK)
→ Location: Room Augustinus

Reporting back from the workshops of the four themes (including discussions)

Contributions to the future of the European Biodiversity Strategy: Key messages from the scientific community

  • Coordinated by Frédéric Gosselin (IRSTEA, France), Anne Gerdien Prins (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency), and Alan Watt (NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, CEH, UK)

Societal Engagement Key Messages

  • Keynote speaker: Mari Carmen Garcia Mateo (MCG Research & Innovation Sustainability Architecture/Urban Planning, Spain)

Scientific Key Messages

  • Keynote speaker: Frédéric Gosselin (IRSTEA, France)

Discussion of the proposed Key Messages and formulation of new messages in preparation for the Post 2020 Biodiversity Strategy in Europe

Closing of the Conference


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Registration / Fees

Please note: the conference is limited to 200 participants

90€ - ALTER-Net partners or EKLIPSE members

120€ - non-member participants

Registration: Please fill in the Registration Form



Tyler Kulfan (ALTER-Net Secretariat) - General inquiries, registration, proposals

Janine van Vessem (INBO, Belgium) - Further information, conference contents


Further information:

Conference flyer

Conference programme


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